Pikeville, Kentucky Education and City Information

Pikeville, Kentucky, is situated in the eastern Kentucky hills. It has a small private college and is near a few other career and technical schools. Find out about Pikeville, including its demographics, attractions, economy and school options below.

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Information about Pikeville, Kentucky

Pikeville, Kentucky's Mountain Treasure, is a small town located in the hills of rural eastern Kentucky. A small city, Pikeville has a population of 7,327 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. The majority of residents are White Non-Hispanic (93.1 % from 2010 census data), and 36.5% of residents 25 years or older had earned at least a bachelor's degree, according to figures from 2010-2014. Pikeville residents' median household income is $37,283, which is lower than the state median of $43,342, according to 2010-2014 census info.

Pikeville has a library system and a handful of parks and is the county seat for Pike County. The Expo Center is located in downtown Pikeville and offers numerous concerts and events. The area is known for the Hatfield and McCoy feud, and visitors and residents can take tours of sites where fighting occurred or attend the annual festival.

Educational Opportunities

The University of Pikeville is the only postsecondary institution in the city. A private, non-profit college, it enrolls around 2,500 students. The university offers several undergraduate programs through its College of Arts and Sciences and Coleman College of Business. An MBA program and a Master of Science in Sport Management are also available.

An additional three schools can be found within 25 miles of the city. Alice Lloyd College is located almost 20 miles away in Pippa Passes, KY. A small, private school, it offers bachelor's programs to about 650 students. Big Sandy Community and Technical College is also about 20 miles away, in Prestonsburg. It has certificate and associate's degree programs in such areas as business administration, construction trades, repair technologies and graphic design. Just over 4,600 students attend this college.

Economy and Industry Info

Pikeville county's top employment by industry as of 2013 was services, with nearly 8,800 jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities held about 4,500 jobs, while public administration held about 1,000 jobs, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Several coal companies are headquartered in this city.

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